Ron Dougan writes his kids 03/25/1960
"Dear kids, do you know Plainfield? There's an area
near there where prairie chickens mate every year.
They are nearly extinct but are making a comeback
in this sand country. A naturalist couple keeps records.
The cocks have their personal strutting areas and respect
each other's territories. After much male showing off
the hens start to sidle in to the drumming areas. I'm
telling you this because the couple has birdwatchers come
help count. Everyone gets up at 4 because the activity
is all over by 6. We went the other night to enjoy the a.m.
fun but it snowed so nothing happened. We'll go again!"